Jerzy Andrzejewski

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ANDRZEJEWSKI Jerzy (1909)Polishnovelist, much read and translated. Certain Polish critics have a marked distaste for him, regarding him as opportunistic; but he may be genuinely ambivalent. His most sympathetic Polish critic calls him "a writer of seasons" - and certainly he needs to be read by those who wish to understand changes in Poland. His earliest work is right-wing and Catholic (he was launched by a fascist, anti-Semitic weekly): self-consciously in the style of Francois Mauriac. In World War II, however, he gained a reputation and authority for his unequivocally anti-Nazi stand. Ashes and Diamonds, later filmed with great success, is his best-known novel - the story of an anti-Russian communist and a pro-Russian one, both of whom are treated with equal sympathy. Since 1957, Andrzejewski has resorted to allegory and to experimentalism.

Selected Books & Recommended Reading
Unavoidable Roads
Mode of the Heart
The Inquisitors
Ashes and Diamonds
An Effective War
The Gates of Paradise
He Cometh Leaping upon the Mountain

He was raised in Warsaw, Poland as part of a comfortable and educated family. His father worked as a shopkeeper . The author studied Polish literature at the University of Warsaw, and although he excelled he did not take it to formal qualifications. He also worked  on the literary weekly Prosto z mostu.

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